Excessive Desert Museum raffles off the naming of its new, younger bobcat

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — The Excessive Desert Museum says it is providing up the proper present alternative — the prospect to call the now-juvenile bobcat within the Museum’s care.

The Museum will raffle the naming of the brand new bobcat, with tickets on sale now in individual on the Museum and at highdesertmuseum.org/bobcat-raffle. Proceeds will go towards supporting the Museum’s wildlife, exhibitions and applications.

The male bobcat kitten arrived on the Museum in October weighing lower than 3 kilos. By April, he had matured sufficient to start making appearances in an atrium habitat throughout from the everlasting Spirit of the West exhibition. Gert the grey fox, who beforehand inhabited the area, now seems almost every day within the common 3:00 p.m. Museum speak, Desert Dwellers.

The bobcat is now thought of a juvenile — he weighs about 19 kilos, and guests repeatedly spy him taking part in, napping and fascinating in different typical feline behaviors within the area.

“The bobcat rapidly turned a customer favourite on the Museum,” says Museum Government Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D. “Whereas bobcats are well-established within the area, it’s uncommon to see one, particularly so shut. So this bobcat presents a singular alternative for guests to attach with an vital predator of the Excessive Desert.”

The Oregon Division of Fish and Wildlife positioned the bobcat on the Museum after he was discovered within the Portland space separated from his mom. State wildlife officers initially returned the bobcat again the place he was discovered within the hope that his mom would come again, however the kitten quickly gravitated towards folks once more. For the reason that bobcat was habituated to people, he wasn’t appropriate for launch into the wild.

The Museum’s wildlife workforce has experience in caring for feline predators, and workers are presently coaching him to voluntarily crate and to take part in husbandry and veterinary care.

It can take almost one other 12 months for the bobcat to succeed in a full measurement of 20-25 kilos. Wild bobcats eat a variety of prey together with birds and small mammals.

“The Museum wildlife workforce does its finest to imitate a wild weight loss program for the animals in its care, and the bobcat enjoys meals that embrace rats, mice, rabbit, quail and different whole-animal meals,” says Curator of Wildlife Jon Nelson. “He has accomplished effectively thus far and is a brilliant animal who has taken rapidly to coaching and dealing with wildlife workers.”

The Museum cares for greater than 130 animals, from otters to raptors. All of the animals are nonreleasable, both because of accidents or as a result of they turned too aware of people. On the Museum, they function ambassadors who educate guests in regards to the conservation of Excessive Desert species and landscapes.

Raffle tickets for the bobcat naming will price $50 every. The drawing will happen at roughly 7:30 pm in the course of the Museum’s largest fundraising gala of the 12 months, the Excessive Desert Rendezvous. Ticket purchasers needn’t be current at Rendezvous to win. The raffle does place parameters on applicable names for the bobcat.

Tickets for Excessive Desert Rendezvous stay out there at highdesertmuseum.org/hdr. A person ticket for Rendezvous is $150 for members and $200 for nonmembers, and for a pair the occasion prices $300 for members and $350 for nonmembers. Sponsorship tables can be found for events of eight or 10.

This 12 months’s Excessive Desert Rendezvous silent public sale—all the time filled with luxurious objects and one-of-a-kind experiences—will happen on-line at highdesertmuseum.org/hdr. Bidding will open Friday, August 18 and finish on Monday, August 28.

Excessive Desert Rendezvous is introduced by First Interstate Financial institution.


THE HIGH DESERT MUSEUM opened in Bend, Oregon in 1982. It brings collectively wildlife, cultures, artwork, historical past and the pure world to convey the surprise of North America’s Excessive Desert. The Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit group accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, is a Smithsonian Affiliate, was the 2019 recipient of the Western Museums Affiliation’s Charles Redd Award for Exhibition Excellence and was a 2021 recipient of the Nationwide Medal for Museum and Library Service. To study extra, go to highdesertmuseum.org and comply with us on Fb and Instagram.